Velcorin® is the trade name for dimethyldicarbonate (DMDC), a microbial control agent produced by LANXESS. Since 1988, Velcorin has been used in the United States in wine, low-alcohol wine, nonalcoholic wine, and cider, as well as juice, juice sparklers, sports drinks and ready-to-drink teas. Since 2013, Velcorin is also approved for use in wine made in Canada. Velcorin is very effective at low dosages against a broad range of yeast, bacteria and molds. Unlike other chemical preservatives, Velcorin is non-persistent and does not affect wine taste, bouquet or color. In addition, Velcorin can remain active for several hours (depending on hydrolysis rate) thereby helping to eliminate contamination from sources such as bottles, closures and filling equipment.
Velcorin can be used in the following applications:
Velcorin must be used with an approved dosing system. Scott Laboratories will only sell Velcorin to those using a LANXESS sanctioned dosing machine. Velcorin is a chemical and must be handled with respect. Therefore, all Velcorin handlers must undergo annual safety training (provided at no charge by Scott Laboratories, Inc.). The current cost of a Velcorin dosing machine is about $60,000. For more information on Velcorin and dosing machines, please contact Rebekka deKramer at Scott Laboratories, Inc. at Rebekkad@scottlab.com or (707) 765-6666 ext. 320.